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Gut-brain connection helps explain how overeating leads to obesity

Eating extra servings typically shows up on the scale later, but how this happens has not been clear. A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation by a multi-institutional team led by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine reveals a... Continue Reading →

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Allergy, Asthma Risk Are Increased by Microbial Compound in Infant Gut

A study of newborn infants has identified a compound produced by gut bacteria that appears to predispose certain infants to allergies and asthma later in life. “We have discovered a specific bacterial lipid in the neonatal gut that promotes immune dysfunction... Continue Reading →

New therapy targets gut bacteria to prevent and reverse food allergies

A new study identifies the species of bacteria in the human infant gut that protect against food allergies, finding changes associated with the development of food allergies and an altered immune response. Every three minutes, a food-related allergic reaction sends... Continue Reading →

Gut microbes eat our medication

The first time Vayu Maini Rekdal manipulated microbes, he made a decent sourdough bread. At the time, young Maini Rekdal, and most people who head to the kitchen to whip up a salad dressing, pop popcorn, ferment vegetables, or caramelize... Continue Reading →

Flaxseed fiber ferments in gut to improve health, reduce obesity

Research in mice suggests that fermentation of flaxseed fibers in the gut changes the microbiota to improve metabolic health and protect against diet-induced obesity. The study, published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology--Endocrinology and Metabolism, was chosen as an APSselect article... Continue Reading →

How the gut influences neurological disease

A study published in Nature sheds new light on the connection between the gut and the brain, untangling the complex interplay that allows the byproducts of microorganisms living in the gut to influence the progression of neurodegenerative diseases. Investigators from Brigham and... Continue Reading →

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